Keiko Agena is a Japanese American actress best known for her appearance on the WB/CW TV series, Gilmore Girls as Lane Kim, the best friend of Rory Gilmore portrayed by Alexis Bledel.
Born as Christine Keiko Agena to Japanese parents on October 3, 1973, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Libra born actress already has had 68 acting credits under her name. The lady who attended the Mid-Pacific Institute Preparatory School in O’ahu and Whitman College for a year as a Drama Major started her acting career at the age of 10 and since then, she’s been rocking it in the industry.
Well, enough of her introduction, let’s move on to her personal life and professional career choices as well.
Married Life of Keiko Agena
The 46 years old Keiko Agena is a married woman. She walked down the aisle with the love of her life, Shin Kawasaki.
To tell you the truth, the duo never walked down the aisle, instead, they married in a helicopter over the Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2005. And the crazy thing is that Agena got engaged to Kawasaki only after a month of dating.
It’s already been 14 years of their marital relationship and the lovebirds seem as happy as they could be. On December 20, 2015, Keiko took to her Instagram to share a collage with her beau. She captioned it, “A special night, ten years in the making.”
Though the couple still has the spark left in them, they are childless. They might still be thinking about their careers at the moment or it might be that they don’t want us to know about their children. Whatever it be, let’s keep calm and support their decision.
A Brief Intro About Her Husband, Shin Kawasaki
Shin (Shinichiro) Kawasaki is a Japanese singer, songwriter, composer, and producer, who was born in Toyoma, Japan. He has, to date, released 31 tracks which you can listen to through either his Soundcloud or his YouTube Channel.
Keiko’s partner, who’s a California State University graduate, has his own website where he shares his musical journeys and writes his travel blogs. His bio on the website reads,
Shinkawasaki is a Japanese-native/Soundchaser/Two-time Independent Music Awards finalist (Album/Eclectic). Currently on a search of solutions to the issues in this century by digging into the last.Shin Kawasaki’s bio on his website.
To talk about Kawasaki’s career, he’s created corporate promotional videos, TV commercials, and contributed to the likes of public services, music festivals, and tours as well.
Keiko Agena’s Net Worth and Career Details
The Japanese American actress Keiko Agena has an estimated net worth of around $3 million from her multi-faceted career. For her acting credits, she has 68 but, that’s not all. She’s also a talented artist and a part of various improv groups. And, let’s not forget about her being an author as well.
Agena started her acting career at the age of 10, but she got her TV debut at 20 years of age in a 1993 TV series, Renegade, where she appeared as Mitsuko. Two years later, she made her movie debut from Terror in the Shadows.
It wasn’t until 2000, that Agena got her breakthrough role; the role of Lane Kim / Lane Van Gerbig in the TV series, Gilmore Girls. She appeared in a total of 154 episodes till 2007. The same series was revisited in 2016 by Netflix and she was cast in the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life for four episodes.
Since Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham earned over $750 thousand per episode from the show, Keiko might have also earned somewhere around $300 thousand to $600 thousand since she was also one of the regulars of the show.
Following her appearance in Gilmore Girls, Keiko has made an appearance in a whole lot of movies and TV series such as 13 Reasons Why, Learning Town, The First, Better Call Saul, and her recent hit, Prodigal Son. She’s finished shooting for the movie, The Never List where she’ll be appearing as Jennifer Jeffries.
Besides her acting credits, Keiko has also voice-acted. She voiced Yori from Kim Possible for four episodes. In addition to that, she also voiced Toki Yamamoto in Law & Order: Justice Is Served and Miyu Sato in Prey video games. In addition to these, she also appeared in two TV commercials, Verizon Wireless “Flipside Testimonials: Apartment” in 2015, and United Healthcare “Pool Vault” in 2016.
The lady is a podcaster as well since she and her fellow comedian, Will S Choi launched a podcast, Drunk Monk Podcast in September 2015. In this podcast, the hosts watch every episode of the famous TV series, Monk while consuming alcohol. The podcast is currently in its 4th season 5th episode. The last episode was with Emily Kuroda, who appeared as Mrs. Kim on Gilmore Girls.
Keiko is also currently the host of the first Asian American variety show at the UCB Theater, Asian AF, alongside Will Choi. Similarly, she’s also the part of the improv troupe, RJP Renegade Justice Patrol. What’s more, she’s also part of another improv troupe, Ham Radio, alongside Tilt Tyree, who recently passed away and Diona Reasonover.
The actress is also an author. She’s the writer of the book, No Mistakes, which, according to her website, is “a supportive space for amateurs, professional creatives, and everyone in between to test their boundaries, get to know their inner artist, and produce unique, meaningful work they feel proud of.” The book was published on August 7, 2018, through the Penguin/Random house.
The book is easily available on Amazon for $10.99 for its paperback edition. The book was actually listed for $17 but, if you buy it now, they are offering the book for $10.99. Here’s the link.
Besides Amazon, Keiko also earned from Etsy. Yes, you heard that, right! She sold three of her art pieces through Etsy. Her artworks were sold just two days after it’s listing for $250 each.
Even now, she sells her artworks but, now she doesn’t list them on Etsy. On October 27, 2017, she took to her IG to share a couple of her sketches which was sold at the Gilmore Girls fanfest. According to her caption, the $5,000 earned from the sale of her art was donated to Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico.
Well, we’ve listed much about her life but stay tuned as we have a number of fast facts you probably didn’t know about Keiko right below.
Fast Facts about Keiko Agena
- She wrote with her left hand for the first six months though she’s right-handed.
- Keiko was once voted Miss Photogenic in a beauty pageant in Hawaii during her teens.
- During her childhood, she mostly ate fast food, primarily McDonald’s, and Pizza Hut.
- Did you know Keiko also has a song titled, Lying, Cheating, Fake Rat Bastard?
- She has a professional massage table in her bedroom.
- Agena had once been completely bald. By completely, yes, we mean, the eyebrows too.
- The 5 feet 1-inch tall actress has slept in a stadium parking lot and a church entryway.
- She really admires Susan Sarandon, Bette Midler, and Winona Ryder.
- Keiko loves drumming, card game “Pounce”, and the computer game, Civilizations.
- Agena can’t do pushups but she’s trying to.
- The Libra born didn’t open her eyes during sky diving. She only opened her eyes when she was five feet off the ground.
- Keiko has met President George W. Bush and was selected for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
- Agena has won the Best Female actor award in the Ammy Awards, Best Supporting Actress in Winter Award for Lil Tokyo Reporter (2012), and Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actress in Young Artist Award for Gilmore Girls (2002)
- She’s managed by Erik Kritzer of Link Entertainment, Joseph Le of Joseph Le Agency, and CESD Talent Agency.
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